Whitmill v Warner Bros. and the Visibility of Cultural Appropriation Claims in Copyright Law
Marie Hadley, 'Whitmill v Warner Bros. and the Visibility of Cultural Appropriation Claims in Copyright Law' (2020) 42(4) European Intellectual Property Review, 42(4) pp 223-229
12 Pages Posted: 9 Apr 2021
Date Written: December 26, 2019
The Māori-inspired tattoo at the heart of the copyright infringement case of Whitmill v Warner Bros. has attracted allegations of cultural appropriation in Aotearoa/New Zealand. An examination of the Māori cultural appropriation claim that surrounds the tattoo and its invisibility throughout the Whitmill v Warner Bros. legal proceedings, shows how the legal system does not receive Indigenous cultural claims over the cultural imagery and arts styles that inspires outsider imagery as an intellectual property interest.
Keywords: cultural appropriation, Mike Tyson tattoo, copyright, Whitmill v Warner Bros, moko
JEL Classification: K1
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